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From the Snake Pit.....

Derek Carr quick to get rid of ball, oftentimes wastes effort of highly paid offensive line
Raiders quarterback has penchant for not letting plays develop, dumping off ball at first hint of pressure

By Steve Corkran
September 13, 2018



The Raiders have invested more than $40 million in their offensive line this season, not to mention having used first- and third-round draft picks within the past five seasons. Their primary jobs are to open holes for running back Marshawn Lynch and keep quarterback Derek Carr safe for long enough to find open receivers.

For the most part, the Raiders offensive line succeeds quite well in both areas. At some point, it’s incumbent upon head coach Jon Gruden and Carr to go all-in with their trust in the offensive line and let the big guys up front be the focal point of the offense.

During Oakland’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams, ESPN displayed a graphic about how quickly Carr was getting rid of the ball. As if that was a good thing.

Um, it’s only a positive thing if Carr is releasing the ball that soon on average as a result of their being constant pressure from the defense and receivers are open in that amount of time. Last season, he was fourth in the league with an average release time of 2.49 seconds. He was tied for sixth in 2016, with the same time. In Week 1 games this season, Carr was fourth at 2.46 seconds.

Take Carr’s second interception Monday, for example. He had a clean pocket and wasn’t in danger of being hit or sacked when he lofted a pass toward the left sideline despite the fact the only person anywhere near the ball was a Rams defender.

The play was to move around, wait for a receiver to get open, then cut loose. Time and again Monday, Carr got rid of the ball as soon as he spotted an open receiver or at the first hint of pressure. The first thing is fine, though waiting a bit longer might yield an open receiver in position to make an even bigger play.

The reality is, Carr has developed a maddening penchant for getting rid of the ball, and that manifested itself long before Monday night.

Consider this from former head coach Jack Del Rio last season:

“Derek is one of the best in the league in making quick decisions to get the ball out of his hands,” Del Rio said after the Buffalo game last season. ‘Yesterday there were some occasions where we look at the film and he looks at it and says, ‘I had more time. I wasn’t under duress. I had more time to scan the field and take some of the shots that we had designed to take.’ Get the ball down the field the way we can, the way he’s capable of. Those are things that are there.”

Late in the first half of that Bills game, Carr dumped the ball to running back Jalen Richard — sound familiar? — even though the called play was for a deep pass into the end zone, a hail mary.

“That was a called throw into the end zone, so would like to give that more time, let those guys get down there and take a shot at it,” Del Rio said. “That’s the whole idea. That’s what we practice. That’s what we prepared to do in that situation. It’s not a high-percentage play, but you get your one in 10. We’ll take it. That was an opportunity there at the end of the half after we had the misfortune with the fumble go back the other way and all that to try and take a shot there. So, yes, that was called and needed to be executed much better.”

Here’s how Carr rationalized that play:

“The way I play is that I’m looking vertical,” Carr said. “I’m looking for the big one. I’ve been trying to take it, and if it’s not there I have to get it out quick and let our guys run with it and go get what we can.”

Finally, more from Del Rio on the subject:

“He’s a really gifted player. We benefit from him being a quick decision-maker. It’s the awareness of the fact that we’re doing a good job protecting him, and we do have a little bit more time. Take that time. Get some of those shots down the field that we’d like to hit.”

On Tuesday, Gruden wasn’t quite sure why No. 1 wide receiver Amari Cooper was targeted only three and caught one pass for 9 yards against the Rams.

“Cooper was open deep, he was open a couple times,” Gruden said. “For whatever reason, we didn’t go there,”

Where did Carr go? Well, take a look at the chart below, courtesy of NFL Next Gen Stats, and you’ll see that Carr mostly went where he could get the ball out quickly, which meant within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.

He completed one pass beyond 15 yards and only three beyond 7 yards. Yet, his stats looked impressive — 29 of 40 for 303 yards and a quick release.




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Re: Derek Carr quick to get rid of ball, oftentimes wastes effort of O-Line
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 09:24:49 AM »

Seems like the media is latching on to what many here have been saying for a while - Carr is too quick to take the safety valve.

If he were a chef, almost everything would be undercooked.
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Re: Derek Carr quick to get rid of ball, oftentimes wastes effort of O-Line
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 02:08:18 PM »

Rams cornerback Aqib Talib spoke to what it was like to play against Gruden’s Raiders.

“I think it was just that freestyle. We really didn’t know what to expect, speaking for the defense. We didn’t know how they would attack us. So we had to see how they would attack us and adjust and Coach Wade [Phillips] did a great job,” Talib told NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access’. “They repeated a lot of plays in the second half and we were ready for them.”


But it is encouraging to hear from Talib that Oakland failed to adjust to how the Rams were attacking them in the second half. You could see it in-game. After a solid start, the Raiders quickly fell in a hole after halftime, as the Rams smothered them on both sides of the ball.

You can believe that Chris Harris, Jr. has been on the phone to Talib, at the very least, getting all the info on what his former teammate saw out there, from the formations, to the tendencies and maybe even the signals. The Raiders ran a lot of underneath passing concepts, and the Rams promptly took that away, daring Gruden and QB Derek Carr to test them deep.

It didn't happen, and when Carr did take a chance, it cost him three interceptions. Broncos Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods knows the formula for neutralizing the quick passing game.

“We're a more aggressive coverage team," Woods said on Thursday. "We play more man than a lot of teams, so if they want to get rid of the ball quick, we want to be tight in coverage. If they hold on to it, then our rushers have got to get home. So, a little bit of both.”


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Re: Derek Carr quick to get rid of ball, oftentimes wastes effort of O-Line
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2018, 02:21:36 PM »

Seems like the media is latching on to what many here have been saying for a while - Carr is too quick to take the safety valve.

If he were a chef, almost everything would be undercooked.
At least we have a great offensive minded coach that can teach Carr the adjustments he needs to make. I just hope that Carr after breaking his leg, and the 3 broken bones in his back last year, has stunted his growth and made him too gun shy.
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